General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Course name:||Comparative Constitutional Law|
|Programme offered under:||LLB Programme|
|Designated research course:||Yes|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||Constitutional law|
|Course offered to non-law students:||No|
|Credit point value:||6 credits|
|Cap on student numbers:||25|
1.2 Course description
This interdisciplinary course will survey a combination of fundamental questions and cutting-edge scholarly debates concerning both constitutional drafting and constitutional adjudication. Readings will consist primarily of social science scholarship as opposed to judicial decisions and will have a primarily empirical as opposed to normative orientation.
Law school courses in comparative constitutional law have traditionally focused on constitutional adjudication to the exclusion of constitutional drafting. However, questions of constitutional drafting and constitutional design are of considerable and growing importance. Accordingly, this course will address not only how constitutions are interpreted and enforced, but also how they are created in the first place. The course will begin by considering foundational questions, such as: What is a constitution What purpose(s) do constitutions serve What practical effect, if any, do constitutions have What topics should be addressed by a constitution
Other topics to be addressed include the process by which constitutions are drafted; the extent to which the content of national constitutions has become standardized; the relationship between constitutional law and international law; the extent to which constitutional courts around the world employ common analytical techniques and the usage of foreign law by constitutional courts. The goal will be to develop an empirically informed understanding of recurring patterns and contemporary standards in constitutional drafting and constitutional adjudication. The course will be conducted in a seminar format, meaning that much of class time will be spent exploring the questions and arguments posed by the material through group discussion rather than through lectures by the instructor.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor||David Lawfirstname.lastname@example.org||CCT-306||By email|
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Compare and critically evaluate competing descriptive theories of constitutional drafting.
CLO 2 Apply social science theories to describe and explain the behavior of courts.
CLO 3 Describe and explain competing views of the impact of globalization on constitutional law.
CLO 4 Critically evaluate constitutional jurisprudence and make constitutional arguments from a comparative perspective.
CLO 5 Critically evaluate constitutional jurisprudence and make constitutional arguments from a comparative perspective.
2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/
2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|Class participation||N/A||20%||5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Written assignment||TBA||80%||1, 2, 5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)|
|1||A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle|
|2||Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle|
|3||Individual review meeting upon appointment|
|4||Group review meeting|
|5||In-class verbal feedback|
3.2 Assessment Detail
To be advised by course convenor(s).
3.3 Grading Criteria
Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
4.1 Learning Activity Plan
|Seminar||3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
|Private study time:||9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.
4.2 Details of Learning Activities
To be advised by the convenor(s).
|Reading materials:||Reading materials are posted on Moodle|
|Core reading list:||TBA|
|Recommended reading list:||TBA|
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/